Scents of the Week: 05/22 – 05/26 (2017)

To preserve my sanity, especially during a challenging week at work, I’m switching up my perfume review format to a weekly compilation post.

I’m still working through my BPALs: 11 down, 14 to go!

Monday, 05/22/17: Miss Jenny: Pink peony, white carnation, freesia, white peach, amber, and pale woods. (NYCC-exclusive.) This perfume was was mostly sharp, peppery white florals with a soft powdery musk note.  I typically don’t mind carnation but the overall scent was too much and the powdery note didn’t work for me.  I’m also learning that freesia hates my skin in the worst way and should be avoided at all costs.

Verdict: TOSSING IT!


Tuesday, 05/23/17: Cheshire Cat: Grapefruit, red currant, dark musk, Roman chamomile, delphinium, and lavender. (Mad Tea Party) I love all things Cheshire Cat, so I had to get an imp of this; I loved it so much, my husband wound up gifting a bottle to me for my birthday one year.  It remains one of my favorites and I’m so glad it’s always available.  Upfront, there’s tart grapefruit mixed with a juicy red fruit note.  There’s a bit of a soft sweetness from the chamomile. I get a bit of lavender on the back end as it dries down but it’s not overpowering, which is good for me; my skin can handle lavender when it’s lightly blended. This perfume just makes me happy.

Verdict: KEEPING IT!


Wednesday, 05/24/17: Les Bijoux: Skin musk and honey, blood-red rose, orange blossom, white peach, red apple, frankincense and myrrh. (Ars Amatoria) I love all of these notes and combined, they make another lovely scent that’s comforting and delicate.  When I first apply, I get a fresh, bright mix of musk, neroli, a hint of apple, and lemony frankincense. Honey sweetens it up as it dries down. It all mingles into a soft musky honey orange blossom perfume, which is pretty much a guarantee that I’ll love this.

Verdict: KEEPING IT!


Thursday, 05/25/17: An Interlude After Sake: Fir needle and white tea with crushed fresh ginger, white amber, apricot, and oakmoss. (Lupercalia 2017) I learned another lesson from this one: fir is very hit or miss for me.  I started suspecting this with some other Arcanas that have fir but this went sour very quickly, which makes me incredibly sad.  It starts out as this beautifully light white tea and ginger scent that pairs really well with the sharp, green fir. Amber adds a lovely warmth and sensuality to it.  This walks the line between masculine and feminine and isn’t heavy at all.  However, as it dries down, it gets really musty on my skin.  If I could just keep it the way it is when I first apply it, I’d be so happy.

Verdict: TOSSING IT!


Friday. 05/26/17: La Tentation: Honeyed patchouli and apple musk with a sliver of white fig. (Lupercalia 2017) Patchouli is a complicated note.  I love it in moderation but 99% of the time, it winds up dominating whatever perfume it’s in; maybe it’s the nature of the beast or maybe it’s my skin chemistry. It gets to the point where most patchouli-scented perfumes give me a headache, even if I love the way they smell.  This?  This doesn’t have that problem! When I apply, I get creamy apple lavender, which works really well and I love the blend. There’s a slight hint of patchouli but it’s not overwhelming. Unfortunately, this is one of my shorter-wearing perfumes but I don’t mind reapplying this one.  Hooray for patchouli and lavender!

Verdict: KEEPING IT!

Whew! This week had two of my first BPAL misses. However, when a scent is good, it’s really good.  I’m most pleased about having found some wearable lavender and patchouli notes!